Contemporary colour combination - two complimentary opposite colours giving a balance of warm and cool hues. Works perfectly with the Art Deco style which is currently seeing a revival
If strong colour doesn't work for you, use texture to create interest in a room. Look to nature for your inspiration using warm tones to make a room feel welcoming and calm.
Photographic digital imagery for walls can be used to add an atmospheric connection to the natural world. Warm wood with contrasting greens are enhanced by vibrant autumnal red, orange and yellow. Use of wall planters can help to bring the outside in, if space is limited.
If you're looking for an authentic period feel, nothing says Georgian more than symmetry. For design inspiration, turn to stately homes where interior decoration was designed by the architect, creating a harmonious elegance which has stood the test of time. Using a pared-down neutral back-drop with striking, symmetrical accessories and accent colours, you can create a traditional feel in a more modest, contemporary setting.
Fretwork, natural stone and warm colours reflecting the rich spices of Moroccan cuisine, conjure up an exotic atmosphere. Used with vibrant blue, a complimentary colour, you create a balanced, yet exciting space with a north African influence. Use dramatic, feature lighting on dimmer switches in the evening to experience a completely different ambience to the daytime.
Room 1 of 3. Due to structural restrictions, this corridor to the kitchen and snug beyond, had several issues to overcome. Light was enhanced by inserting a skylight, aperture through to the kitchen and obscured glass to the bi-fold screen doors allowing natural light in from the window behind.
Room 2 of 3. The main kitchen had several functions to perform within a busy family home. Shaker style kitchen units were used for a timeless feel with accent design and colours kept to the accessories.
Room 3 of 3 - option 1. Client wanted to see a snug option for the former utility room. Colours were kept consistent throughout the 3 rooms.
Room 3 of 3 - option 2. An informal dining room with access to the patio and garden were requested. As the room was small, I suggested raising the ceiling and using long flex lighting and plenty of feature mirrors to enhance the feeling of space.
The Victorians had very lavish taste, favouring heavily patterned fabrics, stained glass, paint effects and rich colours. Later, the Arts & Craft movement created more simple, hand-crafted home furnishings. Victorian is a style that is still a firm favourite and has been hugely influential to designers over the years.
Mid-Century has regained popularity in recent years, with contemporary designers taking inspiration from its bold and colourful style. Iconic furniture and accessories are still reproduced today to cater for a demand for Retro design.
Scandinavian design (Scandi) represents minimalism, simplicity and functionality of five Nordic countries. Cool white is the dominant colour and design includes the use of natural materials such as leather, wood, wool and hemp. Highly patterned, coloured fabrics compliment the light, uncluttered look.
There are 3 common types of lighting: Ambient lighting - general lighting either natural or artificial. Task lighting - used for function or to highlight an object or area of a room. Decorative - more aesthetic but can also be functional. Consider using all 3 for flexibility at different times of the day.
This combination was for a multi-functional family room where different interests had to be considered. Natural materials used with bright, complimentary colours were the main elements of the design.